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5 Ways to Celebrate Spring ONLY in the NC Mountains


5 Ways to Celebrate Spring in the NC High Country

When spring hits the High Country of North Carolina, everything comes alive!  The singing of the birds and croaking of the frogs sound like cheers from nature to get you outside after a long, cold winter.  Here are the top 5 must-do activities for spring in the Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain and West Jefferson NC area:

Merlefest (CANCELLED)


April 23-26 2020, Wilkesboro
One of the largest Americana-roots-based music festivals happens in Wilkesboro, North Carolina every spring.  The festivals major headliners this year include Willie Nelson, Allison Krauss and Greensky Bluegrass to name a few.  The event also features arts & crafts vendors, dance competitions and children's activities Purchase tickets HERE

Canoe the New River


West Jefferson Area
Canoeing or kayaking the New River is a great way to view birds migrating North in the spring, local wildlife and native spring wildflowers.  The New River is the second oldest river in the world and meanders at a slow pace on a well worn path with no major challenges, affording you lots of time to look around.  Find a canoe and kayak outfitter HERE

Rhododendron Gardens


June (call for details on current blooms) 828-264-1299
Enjoy the blooming of the most abundant native flower of the High Country. Visit the largest natural Rhododendron gardens in the world atop Roan Mountain; to learn more about these beautiful flowers, attend the Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble on Grandfather Mountain May 30th - June 17th.  A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway will also give you plenty of chances to view and photograph the blooms.  For details on the NC High Country section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, click HERE

Take a Hike


NC High Country
Spring is a great time to take a hike.  The leaves are coming out just enough to frame your mountain views!  Spring is also a great time to see a red sky at night with the silhouette of the mountains in the background. You will also get a chance to see the spring wildflowers budding, the tadpoles swimming and smell the fresh spring air.  Find a list of our favorite spring wildflower hiking trails HERE

Trout Fishing


NC High Country
April is a prime fishing month in the High Country!  The local rivers and streams are stocked in March, so your chances of a great catch are good in the spring.  The NC High Country is home to four of the sixteen Mountain Heritage Trout Water Cities, including Todd, Lansing, Beech Mountain and Wilkesboro.  Find a list of local public fishing locations HERE

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